The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes
We all have things that we know that we should do. We all have things that although we KNOW better, we don’t always DO better. As a coach, mentor and businessman I know that consistency is an important ingredient for success in leading a team. And yet…… and yet…….. I allowed ‘life’ to get in the way of doing this one thing. Maintaining my blog.
I’ve spent a lot of time taking care of others and allowed my ‘children’ to go barefoot.
It’s not as if I didn’t write anything, I just didn’t see it all the way through. Good ideas, all in draft mode. Good intentions, none of them seen through to the realisation and actualisation of the potential in the timely manner that they had been intended.
Well, now they are live. Now the written words have been published and shared with the world.
I know that only a few hundred people (currently) even read these words, and yet, just knowing that my words can make a difference in one person’s life is enough. To you, my friends, I apologise for not being all that I know that I can be. And to myself, the person who I know becomes better and stronger as a result of writing these words, I re-commit to doing better.
I say all of that to say this….
It’s so easy to spend your time taking care of others; your family, your friends, your clients, your suppliers…. and the list goes on and on. You have to – you must – take care of business at home …. your mind, your body and the day-to-day things that are a reflection of the fact that you take care of your mind and body.
A requirement of leadership is that you lead by example.
Puzzle me this, puzzle me that….
Are you walking your talk in ALL of the areas that you lead (or aspire to lead) in? Are you making a full investment of time in doing the things you know that you ought to do in order to maintain and grow in mind, body and spirit?
Look out for the signs of when things start to slip. It’s easier to lead when things are sorted at home. It’s easier to help others when you are operating on full power and efficiency.
Remember, when the oxygen masks drop on an aeroplane, you are advised to put your mask on first before you assist others.